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The benefits of private tours of Yellowstone National Park-A guide’s perspective

Updated: Feb 6

Before March 1 of 1872, the world did not know what a national park was. On that fateful day, with the establishment of Yellowstone National Park, officials around the world began to treat these amazing areas as the precious jewels they are. Today we have over 6,500 national parks to explore in the world. Each has their own amazing sites and unique characteristics. People travel great distances to enjoy and learn why these areas have been preserved for generations past, present, and future.

What better way to spend time in Yellowstone than with a knowledgeable tour guide, who can take you on more than a ride but rather, a journey. A journey filled with worry free travel, firsthand local knowledge, and the ability to make the most of your visit.


Yellowstone National Park is huge! At 2.2 million acres it is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Its borders enter three different states with five entrance gates. The vastness alone can make navigation to the best sites difficult and create a lot of wasted time. For this reason alone, the benefits of a private tour can be worth it.


There are many other reasons for people to consider a private Yellowstone tour. These tours allow the guide to converse with the guest, to customize each tour. Many people do not know much about the park on their first visit. But they do know what is most important to them. It could be the incredible thermal features such as powerful geysers, colorful hot springs, scenic waterfalls, or the unique diversity of Yellowstone wildlife. Whatever the guests have on their bucket list, a private tour guide can put them in the best position to check off those boxes. Seeing Yellowstone is an amazing experience. There is no other place on earth like it and there is so much to see.

To begin to understand the park and its secrets is where private tour guests get the most out of their day. It seems every day as a tour guide, I find myself in a situation where I am explaining to my clients what it is they are actually looking at. As I’m doing so, other people will gather around to listen to the information and are astonished by what they hear. I love that my guests can learn and have conversations with me about this spectacular area.

People who take private tours will get another thing that Yellowstone cannot provide. They get a guide who is passionate about this incredible area. To live near Yellowstone is awesome. Most guides are drawn into it and cannot seem to spend enough time there. I often tell my guests how I have never had a bad day in Yellowstone. I am thankful for getting the opportunity to see it through their eyes daily. It reminds me of how lucky I am to call this area “home”.


I hope everyone has the chance to visit Yellowstone and experience a private tour. People who come always find things that they will never forget. And hopefully inspire family and friends to see the world’s first National Park.


JoeV-Yellowstone tour guide

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